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What's your dinnerware?

Do you have a set or random pieces? What's it made of and what's the design? If you have more than one set, which one are you planning to use for Thanksgiving?

by Anonymousreply 104November 29, 2021 5:03 PM

Turquoise Fiestaware

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by Anonymousreply 1November 24, 2021 3:10 PM

Silver Service is Chantilly.

China is a Dior limited edition promotional pattern from the 1970s.

by Anonymousreply 2November 24, 2021 3:11 PM

Fiesta in white and green. Buffalo green and white diner china (the kind with the green stripe).

by Anonymousreply 3November 24, 2021 3:16 PM

From Thanksgiving to February I used Friendly Village when it was pot luck served buffet style. Such patterns are too heavy for a set place dinner service for more than 4, although they are nice at breakfast. I gave it away when I left the States for good but I miss it.

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by Anonymousreply 4November 24, 2021 3:19 PM

Silverware is Martha's faux bone and mismatched bakelite from the 40s/

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by Anonymousreply 5November 24, 2021 3:19 PM

r5 = 403 Forbidden

by Anonymousreply 6November 24, 2021 3:25 PM

It's similar to this.

by Anonymousreply 7November 24, 2021 3:28 PM


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by Anonymousreply 8November 24, 2021 3:29 PM

I have a total hodgepodge in my cabinets but have been slowly collecting an old Spode pattern with birds on branches (just because I think it’s pretty, not because it’s especially valuable).

I’m in the market for a new set of stainless steel flatware, if anyone has suggestions. Not fussy but not those very thin ones that stab you in the palm while you’re eating.

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by Anonymousreply 10November 24, 2021 3:32 PM

Nice, r8 r5.

by Anonymousreply 11November 24, 2021 3:35 PM

Fiestaware in all colors.

I just added two Bistro Latte Mugs in turquoise on sale at Macy's for $15.xx each.

Thanksgiving: my late mother's good china from the old country.

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by Anonymousreply 12November 24, 2021 3:38 PM

I love these threads. I think I've been a dish queen since I was a little boy, helping my grandmother polish silver every year for Thanksgiving or Christmas (we alternated with a cousin's family). It got me into Martha Stewart and, eventually, being a caterer. I loved to cook, as well.

by Anonymousreply 13November 24, 2021 3:44 PM

My "good dishes" (I grew up in the country, we had the dishes and then the good dishes) are bone china with a narrow gold band around the edge. Very simple.

My every day dishes are Duralex... plain tempered glass.

by Anonymousreply 14November 24, 2021 3:46 PM

A wooden trencher that’s always empty except for my tears.

by Anonymousreply 15November 24, 2021 4:01 PM

Quite chic, R15

by Anonymousreply 16November 24, 2021 4:02 PM

Darfur Orphan, is it your good dishes or just your dishes, though? Please follow the thread.

by Anonymousreply 17November 24, 2021 4:06 PM

My everyday dishes are Dessert Rose by Franciscan.

by Anonymousreply 18November 24, 2021 4:08 PM


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by Anonymousreply 19November 24, 2021 4:23 PM

Celadon I bought in Thailand.

by Anonymousreply 20November 24, 2021 4:28 PM

Everyday: Michael Graves for Target and good old plain white Corelle

Special Occasions: Lenox Tuxedo Gold and Rosenthal Versace (mixed patterns:La Mer, Butterfly Garden, Medusa)

I have Memphis design ceramic dinnerware that I bought in the 80s and a set of Christopher Stuart Calypso from the 90s, but they are in storage.

by Anonymousreply 21November 24, 2021 5:04 PM

Definitely a hodgepodge (fun word). Most of my bowls are Cost Plus/Crate & Barrel. My dishes are from Norstadt Pottery, a gorgeous place that used to be on Bridgeway in Sausalito. Sadly they're out of business now and I only have 3 of their dishes + 1 bowl.

by Anonymousreply 22November 24, 2021 5:06 PM

Cheap crap Sears. I don't care about stuff like that. If someone ever came to my house and DID care, we would not be friends any longer.

by Anonymousreply 23November 24, 2021 5:06 PM

I had every color of Fiestaware from the 1980s up until 2018. Of course they weren't all place setting. I really loved it and left it behind after a breakup.

Now I have one dinner plate of the early pastels, Rose, Seamist Light blue and the 1980s pale yellow, a big limited issue Lilac bowl and some originals from the early 20th century...this is what we use/ Wish I had more formal stuff but I love the colorful settings

by Anonymousreply 24November 24, 2021 6:43 PM

my great-grandmother's

by Anonymousreply 25November 24, 2021 6:48 PM

Oneida Michelangelo stainless steel flatware. I bought a set of 4 from eBay, it's from the "cube" era, which is supposed to be better-quality. The salad / dessert fork seems cool with the pierced pattern, but I actually prefer the dinner fork for everything. It's a knock-off of Gorham Strasbourg or Chantilly. Other DLers can correct me here.

Dishes: all white except some flat, rectangular "trays" for snacks, etc. (They're blue and white and are from a Japanese store.)

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by Anonymousreply 26November 24, 2021 6:56 PM

R23 you're a tightass. Its perfectly routine for a dish queen to be friends with a non-dish-queen. It means the dish-queen doesn't react at all to his friends' meagre utilitarian material lives, does not reduce his friends to that, and vice versa.

by Anonymousreply 27November 24, 2021 7:47 PM

Crate & Barrel ..... white

by Anonymousreply 28November 24, 2021 8:56 PM

In my situation, the question remains "Dinner.... where?"

by Anonymousreply 29November 24, 2021 9:08 PM

I have some 80s pastel fiesta along with the green and white. R24's post reminds me that if I ever tire of it, I must find a good gay home for it.

by Anonymousreply 30November 24, 2021 10:10 PM

Is Fiestaware the mid century modern version of dishes?

by Anonymousreply 31November 25, 2021 1:46 AM

Vintage Fiestaware was made between 1936 and 1973, r31, and while those dates pretty much span the middle of the century, its concentric circle design is Art Deco in influence. Also, Homer Laughlin has again been making it since 1986. So I think of it as Retro rather than MCM, something less elegant than the best of mid-century design.

by Anonymousreply 32November 25, 2021 2:21 AM

What I mean to ask is this: is Fiesta part of the gay MCM sensibility? Does Fiesta go hand in hand with Danish Modern furniture in a Palm Springs second home?

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by Anonymousreply 34November 25, 2021 2:55 AM

Every day dinnerware is corelle in white.

For formal occasions I use my Lenox china, it’s the Hannah pattern with a platinum band.

by Anonymousreply 35November 25, 2021 2:56 AM

Villeroy and bosch cortina. Simple, elegant.

by Anonymousreply 36November 25, 2021 3:01 AM

We inherited some, bought others. It accumulates. About 20 sets with from 80 -600 pieces. Few people bother with it now, but we keep it clean and stored well. We lend the better stuff to non-profit groups doing events and caterers. We always have done a lot of dinner parties and political stuff, at least before COVID.

It's just us for the day, so an old Denby pattern we like. As it breaks we just add replacements. On Sunday we're using a simple white-and-blue 1903 T. Havilland from partner's grandmother because it goes with glassware from one of my great-grandmothers. The table will look all American and homey. Then quiet until a Swedish set for St. Lucy.

by Anonymousreply 37November 25, 2021 3:04 AM

Weil Ware Malay Bambu

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by Anonymousreply 38November 25, 2021 3:24 AM

That Malay Bambu pattern looks perfect for brunch on a Wilton Manors lanai.

by Anonymousreply 39November 25, 2021 1:27 PM

Special occasions: lomonosov cobalt net pattern. Have been eyeing special flatware but don't like polishing silver. I also collect baccarat richelieu patern drinkware

For regular days: V&B vieux luxembourg love the blue and white motif

by Anonymousreply 40November 25, 2021 3:01 PM

Don't own really high-end china; have Mikasa French Countryside - 8 place settings and numerous serving pieces.

Flatware is good quality (I think) piss-elegant stuff I purchased from a restaurant supply.

Glassware is Villeroy and Boch.

by Anonymousreply 41November 25, 2021 6:20 PM


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by Anonymousreply 42November 25, 2021 6:46 PM

Corelle basic white, baby. It saves space, is lighter, very durable, and microwaves more evenly.

My fine china is Royal Doulton in the Olympia pattern, timeless and elegant.

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by Anonymousreply 43November 25, 2021 6:54 PM

It's plain Wedgwood Edme creamware. It looks better with crazing and the lunch plates are square. I've ditched the cups as they're too small. The bread plates once made great ashtrays.

by Anonymousreply 44November 25, 2021 6:56 PM

If I had to choose between spending more money on flatware or dishes, I'd choose flatware. It doesn't have to be silver, can be stainless steel, just something relatively heavy and balanced / ergonomic.

by Anonymousreply 45November 25, 2021 7:15 PM

Corelle is close to indestructible, I have dropped plates on my tile floors and they survived without a scratch.

I also like vintage plain white buffalo China, I have a few pieces that go from the oven to the table.

by Anonymousreply 46November 25, 2021 7:22 PM

I like the idea of Corelle. I like that it's lightweight. Somehow, I do feel like I'm eating off of children's dishes, though. I don't mean to insult anyone. I'm an elder here and I think Corelle was originally marketed / used for children.

by Anonymousreply 47November 25, 2021 7:24 PM

No, it wasn't, r47. I t was marketed to housewives who were mothers with klutzy kids.

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by Anonymousreply 48November 25, 2021 7:32 PM

R48 I remember my grandmother had a pattern like but in a mustard yellow.

by Anonymousreply 49November 25, 2021 7:35 PM

Syracuse Millbrook

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by Anonymousreply 50November 25, 2021 7:35 PM

R45, I like Laguiole for weight. My red checkerboard set has faded to white over 15 years, however. The blades and tines are still good.

by Anonymousreply 51November 25, 2021 7:36 PM

More a gold, r49?

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by Anonymousreply 52November 25, 2021 7:38 PM

Fifty two replies and no mention of Royal Doulton with the hand painted periwinkles. You gays should be ashamed. Just ashamed.

by Anonymousreply 53November 25, 2021 7:42 PM

The fact is, dear one shaming herself in her cracked mirror at R53, that Royal Doulton has never made a pattern containing hand-painted (Please learn English.) periwinkles.

This sad fact leaves us quiet.

by Anonymousreply 54November 25, 2021 7:50 PM

A real queen once kept Homer Laughlin BlueBird, but you cunts judged it too twee.

You may shame me out of my China, but I'll STILL torture Snow White's Disney song catalogue.

by Anonymousreply 55November 25, 2021 7:55 PM

A sophisticated queen would prefer this Homer Laughlin pattern...

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by Anonymousreply 56November 25, 2021 8:01 PM

R52 That’s it!

by Anonymousreply 57November 25, 2021 8:06 PM

Good china is Nikko Sapphire, good silver is Oneida Michaelangelo (sterling, not stainless. Inherited from an aunt). Everyday china is Blue Danube and everyday kitchen stainless is a mishmash of different pieces inherited from my mother and added to by myself as needed, usually from ebay. So while everything blends well and is complimentary to each other, nothing exactly matches.

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by Anonymousreply 58November 25, 2021 8:08 PM

Service for 12 of Taylorstone "Cathay" that I picked up at a yard sale. I don't own any "special occasion" china.

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by Anonymousreply 59November 25, 2021 8:09 PM

[quote] good silver is Oneida Michaelangelo (sterling, not stainless. Inherited from an aunt)

Wow, R58, I didn't even know that Oneida made the Michelangelo in sterling silver. I have the stainless steel, which I like.

by Anonymousreply 60November 25, 2021 8:14 PM

[quote]hand-painted (Please learn English.)

Hand painted, handpainted and hand-painted are all acceptable. Please learn not to embarrass yourself publicly.

by Anonymousreply 61November 25, 2021 8:28 PM

I would like to have the Tiffany Holiday set. not to use but to sell. I bought one plate this summer for $1. It was unused but because it had a little wear on the gold edge I sold it for $269 instead of the $300 they were going for. I would be scared to death to eat off a $300 plate because I know I would break it. When I got this one home I wrapped it up right away so I wouldn't damage it.

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by Anonymousreply 63November 25, 2021 9:04 PM

My everyday dishes i bought a 16 piece set from Pottery Barn 20 years ago and they still look good as new. They are just plain white, and i like that they go with anything.

My china is Noritake in the Ivy Lane pattern. It's about 30 years old and i only use it at Christmas.

by Anonymousreply 64November 25, 2021 9:23 PM

I wish I had Jadeite.

by Anonymousreply 65November 25, 2021 9:34 PM

My good china for holidays is Lenox Hamilton but I can't put it in the dishwasher because of the gold edging.

by Anonymousreply 66November 25, 2021 9:39 PM

IKEA Oftast (plain white tempered glass; light and cheap) for everyday, plus some bigger bowls and side plates from where ever. Cutlery is big mix of whatever except for granma's bone handled Sheffield Steel butter knives, I love them.

by Anonymousreply 67November 25, 2021 9:40 PM

"Eldergay" by Priss Pottery

by Anonymousreply 68November 25, 2021 10:16 PM

Liberty Tabletop Honeybee pattern flatware (made in the USA) and Sur La Table white Bistro. I had Fiesta for years, but I think I just got tired of it.

For the people upthread looking for stainless flatware, look at Liberty Tabletop. It’s all made in the U.S., it’s high quality and they have a lot of different designs, both plain modern designs like Modern America, both matte and shiny finishes, and they also sell serving pieces in all the patterns, like soup spoons, long handled tea spoons and some other stuff. Some of simpler patterns also have matching steak knives.

There’s lots of very traditional, classic designs, and silly designs like Woodstock (flowers and peace signs), Calaveras (skulls) and a broad variety of others. Check out their website.

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by Anonymousreply 69November 25, 2021 10:30 PM

This is Sur La Table Bistro. Very plain white dishes.

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by Anonymousreply 70November 25, 2021 10:33 PM

Thanks for the link, R69. I've been needing some new flatware

by Anonymousreply 71November 25, 2021 10:44 PM

My fine china is Royal Doulton with hand painted periwinkles.

by Anonymousreply 72November 25, 2021 10:56 PM

R69, that's beautiful. I think you've posted that on another thread. If I did need flatware (I don't right now), I'd definitely consider that.

by Anonymousreply 73November 25, 2021 11:00 PM

Good advise r69 the patern looks beautiful and it's not that expensive for a full setting. I may just go ahead and buy it

by Anonymousreply 74November 25, 2021 11:01 PM

Lovely retro diner-ware, R56.

by Anonymousreply 75November 25, 2021 11:19 PM

R58 I didn't know Oneida made sterling. I always thought of it as middle-brow stainless.

by Anonymousreply 76November 25, 2021 11:22 PM

r56 r75 Check out @fishseddynyc

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by Anonymousreply 77November 26, 2021 12:16 AM

Wedgwood Hibiscus

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by Anonymousreply 78November 26, 2021 12:20 AM

Here is my set from Pottery Barn that is 20+ years old. It's plain, simple but stylish. I wish replacements had more pieces available. I am missing a salad plate.

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by Anonymousreply 79November 26, 2021 12:21 AM

IKEA 365

by Anonymousreply 80November 26, 2021 12:24 AM

Same as R80, IKEA 365. Basic white plates. I have black bowls of another IKEA style.

by Anonymousreply 81November 26, 2021 12:31 AM

Kitchen dishes are Denby "Jet".

Dinnerware is my grandmother's china "Royal Albert". china. Not valuable, but attractive, and its a complete setting for 8.

My sister's swooped in and got all of my mother's good china when she died. I did get the the crystal though.

by Anonymousreply 82November 26, 2021 12:41 AM

Corelle feels hideous to the fingers. I don't mind tacky melamine however.

by Anonymousreply 83November 26, 2021 12:42 AM

Really? No Atomic Starburst...

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by Anonymousreply 84November 26, 2021 1:58 AM

Royal Doulton 1815 is very durable and not too expensive. I use the plain white. It’s super durable.

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by Anonymousreply 85November 26, 2021 2:07 AM

To the poster up thread, I wouldn't consider Fiesta Ware to be MCM, more in the Art Deco feel. It seems kind of heavy looking for MCM.

by Anonymousreply 86November 26, 2021 11:00 PM

It became MCM with the '50s colors, r86.

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by Anonymousreply 87November 27, 2021 2:31 AM

So odd... cool auction items I track have disappeared from inventory since Thanksgiving.

I guess they're not part of the discount ritual.

by Anonymousreply 88November 27, 2021 3:20 AM

For the couple of people who've mentioned it, Oneida Silver did indeed make sterling, as well as silver-plate and stainless. Just take a look at the Oneida Silver page at Replacements.com - there are 26 pages to the list of patterns. Sadly, Oneida Silver went bankrupt in 2006, but their silver lives on. Tons of it on ebay.

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by Anonymousreply 89November 27, 2021 3:45 PM

I think Oneida ended up buying buffalo China years ago and still manufactures dinnerware that is similar but calls it bistro or diner dinnerware.

I’m surprised there is no mention of Pillivuyt coupe or Apilco which are excellent basic white dinnerware.

I have two sets of flatware from Lenox and my favorite is the Esquire.

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by Anonymousreply 90November 27, 2021 4:38 PM

I found a massive set of old French 925 silver service in Ghardaia, a town in the Algerian desert. I was tempted to keep it (it would have become one of my most glorious and queeny possessions) but the seller didn't know the value and that felt rapey. So I bought it and shipped it to a dealer friend in Geneva who gave me 9K in commission. I was too embarrassed to give some to the seller so I gave all the money to the only school in town (decrepit) dealing with special kids. I think anyone else with an eye would have bought and sold it for metal, locally, destroying it.

by Anonymousreply 91November 27, 2021 4:57 PM

[quote]I’m surprised there is no mention of Pillivuyt coupe or Apilco which are excellent basic white dinnerware.

I had four placesettings of Apilco, but realized that yes, I really do hate white dinnerware. I gave it to a young couple a friend of mine knew who were setting up their household and had no money. I felt better for having done that than I ever felt using the Apilco myself.

by Anonymousreply 92November 27, 2021 5:35 PM

I’m glad you found a good home for the Apilco dinnerware.

I personally love plain white dinnerware but I appreciate color and texture as well. I really like the Denby glazed dinnerware I saw in a shop recently.

by Anonymousreply 93November 27, 2021 5:41 PM

90% of the patterns listed here, I would only use for dog dishes. Just pitiful.

by Anonymousreply 94November 27, 2021 5:41 PM

R94 has coordinated its buffet tablecloth with bridal baskets and cruet sets to create a vomit of table colour.

There's a glue gun and Styrofoam balls there somewhere.

by Anonymousreply 95November 27, 2021 7:15 PM

r95, has no concept of style or taste.

I would not waste my Royal Worcester double-glazed Avignon on anyone here, except the Wedgwood and Lenox aficionados.

by Anonymousreply 96November 27, 2021 7:30 PM

For special occasions. Royal Copenhagen Blue flour and Meissen Flower for the coffee after

by Anonymousreply 97November 27, 2021 7:43 PM

None of you queens have the Paloma Picasso for Villeroy & Boch?

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by Anonymousreply 98November 27, 2021 7:44 PM

The china was in some amazing patterns, too.

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by Anonymousreply 99November 27, 2021 7:46 PM

Hi Paloma Picasso/r98, r99!!

by Anonymousreply 100November 28, 2021 2:04 AM

"90% of the patterns listed here, I would only use for dog dishes. Just pitiful."

Well at the least the dog would have an excellent table setting!

by Anonymousreply 101November 29, 2021 2:47 PM

R99 - I really like that china pattern.

by Anonymousreply 102November 29, 2021 2:49 PM

Plastic for everyday. Arty artisanal one of a kind pieces for formal.

by Anonymousreply 103November 29, 2021 4:28 PM

I want to see that Memphis designed 80's set

by Anonymousreply 104November 29, 2021 5:03 PM
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